Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Wheel Cylinder

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Brake Wheel Cylinder

If your car has drum brakes and a spongy brake pedal, poor brake response, and leaking brake fluid, you may need a brake wheel cylinder replacement. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Brake Wheel Cylinder Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Lotus Elise $158 $60.05 $98.00 24% $210.55
2007 Volvo C70 $158 $60.05 $98.00 24% $210.55
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe $141 $42.74 $98.00 27% $193.24
2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 $201 $102.72 $98.00 20% $253.22
2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 $154 $55.73 $98.00 25% $206.23
2008 Porsche Cayman $201 $102.72 $98.00 20% $253.22
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Brake Wheel Cylinder?

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Brake wheel cylinders are a component found on modern drum brake systems. They are the hydraulic component that extends to press the brake shoes against the brake drum when the pedal is depressed. As they are a hydraulic component and subjected to the harsh conditions of braking, they can wear out over time and will eventually need to be replaced. When brake wheel cylinders do go bad, they will usually produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that service may be required.

1. Mushy brake pedal

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with bad wheel cylinders is a mushy brake pedal. If wheel cylinders develop any sort of internal or external leak, their ability to pressurize and extend the piston may be compromised. This may result in a brake pedal that feels abnormally soft, or mushy, or a brake pedal that slowly sinks to the ground when it is depressed.

2. Poor brake response

Another symptom of bad or failing brake wheel cylinder is poor brake response. If any of the wheel cylinders fail, it may affect the pressure of the system, which will reduce the system’s ability to slow the vehicle. A vehicle with poor brake response will be harder to stop, especially in heavy braking situations.

3. Brake fluid leaks

Brake fluid leaks are another symptom of a problem with the brake wheel cylinders. If the wheel cylinders’ seals leak brake fluid will be visibly present. You may see a thin film covering the inside of the backing plate, or in more serious cases, drips or pools of brake fluid coming from the brake wheel cylinder. If a leak is large enough to be easily seen, that may also mean that the braking ability of the vehicle has probably already been compromised. Usually a quick visual inspection can reveal brake fluid leaks.

As the brake wheel cylinders are a part of the braking system, they are important to the overall safety of the vehicle. If you suspect that your wheel cylinders may be having a problem, or your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic to determine if it is necessary to replace your brake wheel cylinder.

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David

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David
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He is a very good mechanic, and super polite. 10/10 would recommend.
2000 BUICK CENTURY - BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE, PASSENGER SIDE) - DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

Richard

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Richard did very fair and honest work, saving me additional expense by fixing only what was necessary. Thank you for doing a great job.
2001 HONDA ODYSSEY - BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE) - POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA

Jonathan

32 years of experience
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Johnathan did an excellent job on my brakes and electrical problem. I was very impressed and it was refreshing to deal with a real professional mechanic.
2009 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 - BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE, PASSENGER SIDE) - SPRING HILL, FLORIDA

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2005 TOYOTA TACOMA - BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDER REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE, PASSENGER SIDE) - RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA

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